As of this past weekend, someone else now owns a piece of rock ‘n’ roll history. Julien’s Auctions has announced that an acoustic guitar owned by John Lennon, and was used to pen some of The Beatles’ classic songs was sold at auction for huge money.
The Beverly Hills-based auction house announced that Lennon’s Gibson J-160E guitar sold on Saturday to an undisclosed buyer for, wait for it, a cool 2.4 million dollars.
Julien’s has called the sale a world record. From the website:
JULIEN’S AUCTIONS MAKES HISTORY TODAY SELLING THE MOST IMPORTANT BEATLES GUITAR TO EVER HIT THE AUCTION BLOCK FOR A WORLD RECORD $2,410,000.00
SHATTERS ALL RECORDS FOR ROCK MEMORABILIA
The Ludwig Beatles Drum Head Sells for $2,125,000.00
And Elvis Presley’s 24K Gold Leaf Piano Sells for a Record Price of $600,000
Kurt Cobain MTV Unplugged Cardigan Sells for $137,500
According to Julien’s, who has a long history of selling Beatles memorabilia, both John and band mate George Harrison purchased jumbo J-160E Gibson acoustic guitars back in 1962. Lennon used this very same guitar to write hits like “She Loves You”, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, and “All My Loving”. The auction house also said, the fact that Lennon’s guitar had been lost for more than 50 years added extreme value to the item. Lennon used the guitar in the early 60s before it was apparently stolen from a Christmas party.
Also sold at last weekend’s auction was a drumhead used by drummer, Ringo Starr. This was used during a Beatles’ performance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1965. Amazingly, this was sold for just over 2.1 million dollars. Why so expensive? It’s the very same Beatles drumhead that appeared on The Beatles’ Second Album.
It’s seems that memorabilia is only set to increase in price so, check out your attics and, hey, you never know!